BERLIN - Germany, Belgium and Switzerland won European qualifiers on Friday to secure their places at soccer's 2014 World Cup finals.
Three time world champions Germany defeated Ireland 3-0 in Cologne, Switzerland were 2-1 winners in Tirana over Albania while Belgium scored a 2-1 win in Zagreb over Croatia to secure the top spots in their groups for automatic qualification.
Five teams from Europe are through to next year's tournament in Brazil after Italy and The Netherlands clinched their places last month.
Russia and Bosnia-Herzegovina moved close to qualifying, while England and Ukraine both won in a battle for the top of their group which will go to the last day.
World champions Spain and Portugal were playing in later kick-offs. Portugal needed a win at home to Israel to have any chance of overhauling Russia.
Germany booked their ticket for Brazil with goals from Sami Khedira, Andre Schuerrle and Mesut Oezil to finish top of Group C on 25 points.
Sweden clinched second spot, Zlatan Ibrahimovic hitting an 86th-minute winner as they came from behind to beat Austria 2-1.
Belgium beat Croatia for their first finals appearance since 2002.
Chelsea striker Lukaku scored in the 15th and 38th minutes in Zagreb before Niko Kranjcar replied in the 83rd as Belgium secured top spot in Group A, while Croatia go into next month's playoffs.
"We have worked really hard to be there. It's was a great game from us. It's fun playing in this team," Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard said.
Switzerland clinched Group E with a 2-1 defeat of Albania. In the tussle for second place, Iceland beat Cyprus 2-0 to stay a point ahead of Slovenia, who ended Norway's hopes, with a 3-0 drubbing in Maribor.
Wayne Rooney broke the deadlock for England at Wembley shortly after halftime, Branco Boskovic scored an own goal, while Andros Townsend and Daniel Sturridge with a last-minute penalty were on target as Roy Hodgson's side defeated Montenegro 4-1 to stay top of Group H.
Ukraine remained a point behind after a 1-0 victory over Poland, who are out of the running.
Bosnia-Herzegovina downed Liechtenstein 4-1 to stay top of Group G, level with Greece, who edged Slovakia 1-0.
Russia were 4-0 winners at Luxembourg to stay clear of Portugal in Group F - and will qualify if Portugal lose to Israel.
In Group B, Nicklas Bendtner scored both goals for Denmark but a last-minute goal from Alberto Aquilani earned a 2-2 draw for the Azzurri in Copenhagen.
Armenia snatched a 2-1 victory over Bulgaria, while the Czech Republic were 4-1 winners at Malta.
Denmark and Bulgaria are level on 13 points, with Armenia and the Czechs a point behind.
Robin van Persie scored a hat-trick as Group D runaway leaders the Netherlands thrashed Hungary 8-1.
Turkey beat Estonia 2-0 and Romania were 4-0 winners at Andorra as both go two points above Hungary.